As a big portion of the posts already says (with no less than one questioning whether or not it was not noted on function 😉 – sure, Linux Mint. Why? Because of the underlying Ubuntu/Debian foundation and its massive ecosystem together with the arguably largest on-line neighborhood to get assist from, and since it provides a bit to Ubuntu together with an excellent greater degree of beginner-friendliness.
It would not even matter that a lot whether or not you select the Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce version – all three include a really comparable look & really feel, because of the Mint makers’ glorious and elaborate efforts in the direction of a constant theming that not simply seems to be good however really will increase usability. Especially while you routinely change between editions, as a result of, say, the outdated laptop computer is healthier served with Xfce, whereas the extra highly effective desktop PC runs Cinnamon simply superb, that is going to be simpler than with another distro I to this point tried.
But Linux Mint isn’t just very nicely fitted to learners, both. Being primarily based on Ubuntu LTS and thereby additionally, ultimately, on Debian, it not solely affords their options and benefits, it additionally has some good Mint-specific additions, like a built-in btrfs-based disk snapshot utility, or a straightforward method to change kernel variations. I am nonetheless removed from being a Linux veteran, however I would not think about myself a newbie anymore, both, and though I would add a Fedora machine some day simply to get some expertise with the Red Hat Linux ecosystem, too, I do not see a purpose to make use of the rest however Mint. To sum it up, with both of its desktop atmosphere decisions and most prominently with Cinnamon it simply would not get in my approach.